Panthers basketball teams open 2017 with sweep

The sixth-ranked Panorama High School girls basketball team opened 2017 with a 55-31 win over Ogden High School on January 3.

Bailey Beckman hit a trio of three-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points to lead the Panthers in their matchup against the Bulldogs. Devyn Kemble added 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals. Faith Powell added seven points and seven steals, while Nicole Rolfes hit a pair of longballs for six points. Although Morgan Johnk was held scoreless, she grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists. 

The Panthers held a slight 12-10 lead after the opening quarter before heading to the break with a 32-16 advantage. Although Ogden's Ellee Laws scored nine points and Kylie Nichols eight to pace the team, the Bulldogs fell to 4-5 overall and 1-5 in league action. The Panthers improved to 10-0 overall and sit 7-0 in West Central Conference play. They will return to the court next Tuesday, January 10, in a home contest against Des Moines Christian School.

In Panorama's boys basketball game against Ogden the same night, senior Bryce Halterman poured in 39 points, including 28 in the second half, and lead the Panthers to a 70-65 win to open 2017 play. Halterman finished 13-of-16 from the floor, splashing five three-pointers and all six of his free throw attempts. 

The Panthers built a 13-8 lead after the first quarter, but trailed the visiting Bulldogs 31-29 at the break. Panorama entered the fourth quarter ahead 48-45 and pulled away from a tie at 60 in the final two minutes to secure their first win of the new year. Jeramy Randol added 13 points for the Panthers, who got six points each from Trey Cobb and Luke South. Noah Snedden paced Ogden with 24 points, while teammates Nathan Kennedy and Ben Heeren added 14 and 13 points, respectively. With their win, the Panthers improved to 3-5 overall and are 3-4 in conference play. 

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